Shop Healthy for You and Your Wallet

March 31, 2014

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A weekly trip to the grocery store can sometimes turn into a battle with your wallet when shopping on a tight budget.  It is often easier to choose off the shelf or frozen food items which require minimal preparation but typically do not have much nutritional benefit.  It is important to fuel our bodies with the nutrients provided by a well-balanced diet to enable us to keep up with the demands of everyday life.  If Easy Mac with a side of Ramen Noodles has become a familiar meal, then it might be time to expand your grocery list.  Most individuals would like to maintain a well-balanced diet, but the cost of local, nutritious foods can be prohibitive.  Eighty five percent of low-income parents report that eating healthy meals is important to their families.  Despite common misperceptions, it is possible to maintain a healthy diet while on a budget!  Food skills, like smart shopping, can help individuals to overcome financial barriers. Low-income families that regularly plan meals, write grocery lists and budget for food tend to make healthy meals from scratch more often than those who do not.

SPIN (Students Promoting Information about Nutrition) is a peer education program designed to provide nutrition education to enhance the well-being of UNH students. The students of SPIN organized a tour of the Durham Marketplace on April 14th at 6:30 p.m. The tour guides will provide information about healthy alternatives that won’t break the banks, as well as simple recipe ideas - not to mention the many delicious free samples!  Grocery shopping can be daunting task while on a tight budget, but resources such as this will help to inform individuals about meal planning and direct them to nutritious foods that don’t have the high cost.  Students can register online through the following link and there is no charge for the program.

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I find that making left overs and freezing them for future meals has saved me money! And its important to note that frozen fruits and vegetables are usually just as good if not sometimes better then the fresh options! (Frozen foods are picked at peak rippness and then quickly frozen where as many fresh foods actually get picked before they are ripe so they can be fresh once they are in the store.) 

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